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GeoQuest releases new version of GeoFrame 



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GeoQuest releases new version of GeoFrame (October 1996) 

Version 2.5 of GeoQuest's GeoFrame reservoir characterization system now includes StratLog and new 
WellPix module. 

As well as integrating StratLog into the GeoFrame environment, GeoFrame 2.5 is said to introduce new 
applications, including WellPix and WellSketch and feature many product enhancements to existing 
products. Howard Neal, vice president of product development, said the integration would streamline the 
interpretation workflow process. "With this release, GeoQuest now offers the most comprehensive suite 
of fally integrated geologic interpretation software, allowing highly efficient wellbore to regional 
studies." The addition of StratLog, a comprehensive geologic interpretation and display application, to 
GeoFrame offers complete geologic interpretation capabilities and access to petrophysical analysis 
through the Oracle project database, which underlies all GeoFrame applications. According to GeoQuest, 
this tight integration ensures that changes to one display are reflected in others, accelerating completion 
of time-consuming tasks associated with the interpretation process. For example, markers picked in 
WellPix are immediately available in StratLog. 

insight 

The new WellPix module adds to the geological interpretation features available in StratLog and focuses 
on geologic well log correlation and market interpretation. WellPix offers enhanced techniques that 
speed up and provide new insight to the correlation process. Simple templates for well display and user 
preferences support ease of use. To interpret complex areas WellPix offers a variety of features including 
variable area color fill, fault gapping, flattening on markers, independent scrolling and log ghost image 
drag, stretch and squeeze. WellSketch, another new application, is used for generating wellbore 
equipment diagrams featuring powerful spreadsheet entry and editing capabilities, robust equipment 
libraries and graphic editors. Other WellSketch fonctions include zoned displays, fi-ee annotation and the 
generation of hardcopy reports. WellSketch displays are available for display in other GeoFrame 
applications. 

User friendly 

GeoQuest says new GeoFrame 2.5 data preparation enhancements provide a powerful set of user-friendly 
tools for data editing and environmental corrections. WellEdit, a well log and core data editor module, 
replaces the interactive log editor (ILE) module. WellEdit features general log editing, stretch and 
squeeze, depth shifting, core data and core image editing, unlimited undo options, interactive data 
functioning and an audit trail and other features as well. The GeoFrame base tools package, which 
delivers the functionality needed to load, unload, manage and organize data and work sessions also has 
been significantly enhanced with additional data loading and unloading options. Introduced in 1993, 
GeoFrame is the centerpiece for GeoQuest software development. Designed to comply with standards 
from the Petrotechnical Open Software Corporation, GeoFrame products are organized by 
discipline-specific product lines, each with a variety of modules. 

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GeoFrame, POSC and compliance revisited 



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GeoFrame, POSC and compliance revisited (December 1997) 

GeoQuest reveals its plans for making GeoFrame 'POSC compliant' and extending the data model to other 
E&P domains. 

At last month's POSC meetings in Dallas, Schlumberger- GeoQuest's product line was in the spotlight at the first 
of a new "Supplier Workshop Series". The idea behind the workshop's is for a supplier member of POSC to lead a 
half-day workshop following each POSC Member General Meeting. Larry Denver (GeoQuest) traced the 
development of GeoFrame from V 1.0 in '93 to V 4.0 due to be released in 1999. By that date GeoFrame should 
incorporate inter-well imaging, production analysis, simulation and drilling, in other words integrating much of the 
domains currently covered by Oilfield Manager (OFM). Interest was expressed as to the availability of a GeoFrame 
developers toolkit which is currently being shipped to "key" clients. Thirty companies have already purchased the 
development toolkit. As for the holy grail of plug and play, as we have previously discussed here in PDM, this will 
only be a reality for applications developed in the GeoFrame environment. In the POSC environment, the 
migration to "full" Epicentre is obviously of interest. GeoQuest stated that this would occur over the next "two to 
four years". 

history 

Najib Abusaibi (GeoQuest) provided some information on the Implementation of Epicentre in GeoFrame. Some 
20% of the 600 plus entities in GeoFrame are extensions including many derived attributes (with stored 
procedures). This is partly due to "historical usage" but there are areas where the corresponding Epicentre 
attribute has not been used. GeoQuest has already implemented its own Business Objects (see this month's PDM 
lead) which provide application access to the physical data model - avoiding direct SQL table queries. Some of this 
work is fed back to POSC. 

confusion 

Current GeoFrame architecture does not use the POSC Data Access and Exchange layer and GeoQuest has 
essentially gone for a proprietary DAE although the PRISM LightSIP DAEF (see October PDM lead) is under 
evaluation. Bulk data in GeoFrame does not use the POSC defined Frames concept, but rather through the POSC 
DAE Bulk Data Access Library (BDAL) specifications. GeoQuest uses the notion of POSC compliance very widely 
in its marketing effort and came under fire for the potential "confusion" that this might cause. POSC is therefore 
very interested in a compliance verification process, while GeoQuest appeared reluctant to submit themselves to 
such a test. 

PDM comment : GeoQuest like to talk about POSC compliance because they perceive a marketing advantage - 
and will very likely customize or open up POSC type entry points to their POSC-committed oil company clients. 
What is less likely is that such plug and play facilities will be offered to GeoQuest's competitors. This is 
understandable in the commercial world, and reflects the fact that, while the technicalities of interoperability have 
been investigated in great depth, the existence of a business model that might support interoperability is a rather 
naive assumption. In other not so far removed fields such as UNIX, or the current Netscape vs. Microsoft 
courtroom battle, interoperability has either proved a myth, or is centerpiece in out and out commercial warfare. 
Rather than coming up with some minimalist POSC compliance testing schema, it might be worthwhile to develop 
even a theoretical business model for how interoperability could be made to work commercially. After all, we are all 
in it for the money! 

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lESX and Charisma now part of GeoFrame 



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lESX and Charisma now part of GeoFrame (November 1997) 

The latest release of GeoQuest's software integration platform GeoFrame, version 3.0 now integrates 
GeoQuest's twin seismic interpretation packages lESX and Charisma. 

Applications in the GeoFrame environment share a common Oracle database that is described by 
GeoQuest as "fully compliant" with standards from POSC. Which of POSC's labyrinthine standards 
GeoFrame is "compliant" with is not specified though. In addition to the two seismic interpretation 
packages GeoFrame now integrates visualization with GeoViz and Voxels, InDepth velocity modeling 
and depth conversion, CPS-3 mapping and Framework 3D for characterizing and interpreting complex 
structures, StratLog for geological interpretation, WellPix for correlation ElanPlus and PetroViewPlus 
for petrophysical analysis and other. Other tools for reservoir analysis include Impact, Zodiac and 
Polaris. 

Data management has been enhanced with new tools for installing the software and data loading, 
spreadsheet style data management tools and editing and saving of ASCII data. WellEdit works with well 
log and core data. The migration of lESX and Charisma to GeoFrame is said to have taken "three years 
of dedicated development and testing", what is perhaps surprising is why GeoQuest did not take this 
opportunity to merge the two products. After all, you can't have two "best in class". 

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Shared Earth Model nears with Geo Frame 3.5 



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Shared Earth Model nears with GeoFrame 3.5 (March 1999) 

PropertySD and LPM now integrated with GeoFrame offering what is claimed as the "First Complete 
Reservoir Modeling Workflow on an Integrated Platform". 

PropertySD is a three-dimensional geological modeling package allowing users to create property models, perform 
statistical analysis and determine reservoir connectivity. Results from PropertySD can be used in FloGrid for 
upscaling to generate reservoir property descriptions for reservoir simulation. GeoQuest's LPM software is a 
surface-based mapping application for mapping reservoir properties within a reservoir. Zone maps can be guided 
by relationships between log data and seismic attributes. Both deterministic and stochastic methods are available 

Seamless 

PropertySD and LPM are part of GeoQuest's push for seamless interpretation to simulation workflow. This begins 
with seismic interpretation moves through the three-dimensional property model and ends in the fluid-flow model in 
FloGrid. LPM can be used to generate two-dimensional property maps based on seismic and well log information. 

Leverage 

These property maps can then be leveraged by PropertySD or directly by FloGrid to enhance the reservoir model. 

Larry Denver, vice president of Marketing for GeoQuest claims that "This reservoir characterization system lets 
engineers and geoscientists bridge the gap between the geological and geophysical interpretation and the 
reservoir simulation model." 

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Elf Exploration Production Selects GeoFrame for Project Database 



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Elf Exploration Production Selects GeoFrame for Project Database (June 1998) 

Elf Exploration Production (Elf EP), technology company of the upstream activities operated by Elf 
worldwide, has selected the GeoFrame reservoir characterization system as its project database 
repository. 

The selection of GeoFrame 3.0 follows a six-month internal evaluation of GeoFrame done in technical 
cooperation with GeoQuest staff in Paris and Houston. "We have foreseen a need to invest in our oilfield 
data administration v^thin Elf by using modem technology and industry standards/' said Gilles 
Rappeneau, senior vice-president of Elf EP-Technology. "GeoFrame was selected by our domain experts 
for its compliance to POSC standards and its proven capacity to behave as a data repository for the 
variety of applications that Elf EP is using fi-om numerous vendors." 

GeoQuest will provide installation, training and support services for deployment of GeoFrame in Elf s 
environments in France and its overseas subsidiaries. Deployment will begin in June at Elf EP 
technology centers in Paris and Pau, France. "We are looking forward to a long-term relationship with 
Elf Exploration Production to build a solid technological support to efficiently manage project data 
worldwide," said Francis Mons, vice president of GeoQuest AMca and Mediterranean. 

As revealed in PDM Vol 1 No 4, Elf have previously selected CGG-PetroSystems' Petrovision data 
management product as the core of their technical data management system Archidex, based in the 
Exploration and Production division in Pau (France). Initially, Petrovision was to be closely coupled 
with Integral Plus, a joint CGG, Total and Elf developed integrated suite of E&P applications. The move 
to GeoFrame can therefore be said to represent a significant evolution of Project Data Store technology 
within ElfEP. 

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